Over the last few months some political parties have suggested that the youth of Kashmir are a lost cause to India. That they are so disaffected with the Indian state, so alienated by the outlook of the ruling BJP-PDP combine that they have irredeemably passed into the hands of India's enemies. These enemies are moulding them into weapons against the Indian state. Well it turns out that we need not be so worried.
Kashmir's youth are still enamoured with the idea of India. So much so that they want to wear the uniform that defines the Indian state - fatigues of our Armed forces.
26,000 Kashmiri youth landed up even at a time such as this to sign up for the Armed forces and the Police. This enthusiasm for India makes us ask - are those that are trying to paint a dire picture of disaffection pushing the agenda of those that would like to dent the confidence of the Indian state?